White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme

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White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme

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Following a briefing of the local elected members, the project team will be meeting and discussing the phase 3 works with affected parties. A public information event will also be taking place in the next 6- 8 weeks. Further details will be available shortly.

The White Cart Water has historically inflicted misery to residents and businesses in the south side of Glasgow over many decades.

Since 1908 there have been more than 20 significant floods caused by relatively minor storms. One of the most memorable was at Hogmanay 1984 when 500 homes in Battlefield and Langside were inundated and millions of pounds of damage caused. Only 12 days later floods inflicted further misery in the same area. In 1990 residents in the area were struck again. In 1994, the river burst its banks once more in various places including Paisley, and in 1999 families living in Cathcart and Langside suffered thousands of pounds of damage when the water reached waist height in their homes.

Glasgow City Council promoted a flood prevention scheme for the White Cart Water and its tributary the Auldhouse Burn. The Scottish Ministers approved the flood prevention scheme in 2006 and phases 1 and 2 were fully operational in September 2011.

In 2017, Glasgow City Council secured funding to enable the completion of the third and final phase of the scheme. The project team are currently finalising the design and plan to hold a public information day in summer/ autumn 2017 before construction works commencing in spring 2018.

Further information on Phase 3 can be found here


July 2017 - an application has been submitted to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for a licence under the controlled activity regulations for the phase 3 works

July 2017 - ecology surveys for protected species (bats, otters, badgers and water vole) as well as invasive species have been completed

April 2017 - Topographic surveys at WS7 and WS99 have been completed

Glasgow City Council secure funding to complete final Phase of Scheme. Further details can be found by clicking on the Phase 3 link above